UACES 50th Annual Conference

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About Belfast

Once a major industrial powerhouse and the birthplace of the RMS Titanic, Belfast is Northern Ireland’s capital and largest city.

Reborn from conflict, Belfast boasts a vibrant culinary scene and a rich arts and cultural heritage, with plenty of experiences on offer for visitors to learn about its history.

With two airports and easy connections to Dublin airport, Lonely Planet named Belfast and the Causeway Coast the World’s #1 Region to Visit in 2018.

There’s plenty happening outside the city too, including the famous filming locations for shows such as Game of Thrones and Derry Girls, thriving whiskey, beer and gin producers, the awe-inspiring Giant’s Causeway, and the Mourne Mountains – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty canonised as C. S. Lewis’s Narnia.

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About Queen's University Belfast


Founded in 1845 as Queen’s College Belfast, Queen’s University Belfast became an independent university in 1908, the 9th oldest in the UK. Today, it is ranked in the top 173 universities in the world (QS World Rankings 2020), and a member of the Russell Group of UK research-intensive universities, combining excellence in research and education with a student-centred ethos. Queen’s was awarded one of the first Jean Monnet Centres of Excellence (JMCE) in 1998, recognising its long-standing interest in the study of Europe.

This interest fuels our new Centre for European and Transnational Studies (CETS), based in the Schoolo f Law, which brings together researchers across the whole university interested in the study of the European Union and European integration as well as the study of transnational law, policy and society within and beyond the European Union. CETS research encompasses the EU and Europe beyond the EU, border regions and other transnational regions as well as global economic law and policy, and the UK’s on-going withdrawal from the EU. It strives to achieve critical and interdisciplinary approaches.

The School of HAPP (History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics) is a vibrant interdisciplinary community bringing together over 80 scholars working on a wide range of issues including anthropology, philosophy, histories and politics of Africa, Europe, Middle East, America and China. HAPP is the largest Politics school on the island of Ireland, with particular strengths in the study of European politics, deeply divided societies, borders and conflict, critical International Relation and security studies.

The School of Law is a leading UK Law School. It seeks to interact with the wide community of people who have an interest in the study of law locally, nationally, regionally and globally. It provides innovative teaching delivered by world-class staff in a beautiful environment. The School is widely-acknowledged as one of the leading centres of legal scholarship and research in the UK. It has particular research strengths in public law; constitutional law; corporate governance; commercial law; environmental law; human rights; criminology and criminal justice, as well as common law.

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